Congratulations to the Winners of the 18th Annual Excellence in Visual Arts Awards!

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ST. JOHN’S NL:  (June 8th 2024) The eighteenth annual Excellence in Visual Arts Awards took place on June 7th at The Rooms in St. John’s. The EVA Awards celebrate the achievements of visual artists and recognize the significant contribution the visual arts make to the vibrant and dynamic culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Emerging Artist Award (sponsored by Lat49 Architecture) honors the promising start made by an emerging visual artist in the early stages of their career.  The Emerging Artist Award 2024 went to artist collective HOT 4 THE MOMENT, created by artists Georgia Dawkin and Drew Pardy.

The Mary MacDonald Award (sponsored by Perfect Day Design & Advertising) is named to honour NL’s beloved arts administrator, curator and writer Mary MacDonald, who passed away in 2017.  This award, thanks an individual or organization whose efforts have helped to sustain and build the visual arts sector.  The winner of this year’s Mary MacDonald Award is Bethany MacKenzie.  

The Critical Eye Award (sponsored by Christina Parker Gallery) celebrates the best piece of critical writing about Newfoundland art in any print or online publication worldwide. This year’s winner of the Critical Eye was Emily Critch, for her piece “L’NU/Beautiful: Jerry Evans’ Retrospective Weljesi.”   

The Tara Bryan Endurance Award (sponsored by the Tara Bryan Legacy Fund) recognizes the consistent dedication and commitment of an artist to their professional practice, and to sustained creative output and performance.  This year’s winner of the Endurance Award was artist Kathleen Knowling.

The Excellence in Fine Craft Award (sponsored by the College of the North Atlantic and the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador) acknowledges individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to the province’s craft culture in the past calendar year.  The inaugural winner of the Fine Craft Award was Ashley Hemmings

The Milestone Award celebrates a visual artist who has, in the last calendar year, achieved a significant milestone in their career, through exhibition or presentation, a breakthrough in their practice, or new and innovative exploration. This year’s Milestone Award went to April Allen.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact the VANL-CARFAC office at or 709-738-7303.

The EVA Awards are a Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador initiative.